EURO 2016 - Round of Sixteen set for completion...27/06/2016
The two remaining round of sixteen contests at EURO 2016 are set for completion on Monday. First up at 5pm is the mouth watering clash of EURO 2012 finalists Italy and Spain in the Stade de France, with the winner set to face Germany in the quarter-final set for Bordeaux on Saturday the 2nd July. The round will be completed in Nice at 8pm when England take on Iceland to decide who will meet France at the quarter final stage in the Stade de France, Paris on Sunday the 3rd July.
St Patrick's Athletic set for Europa League action...27/06/2016
St Patrick's Athletic will be the first of the Irish sides in action when the first qualifying round in the 2017 UEFA Europa League commences on Tuesday evening. The 'Saints' will meet AS Jeunesse Esch (Luxembourg) in Richmond Park at 7.45pm in the first leg of the contest.
France in Lyon - Just a bridge too far...26/06/2016
Our Ireland team gave their all in Lyon against EURO 2016 Tournament hosts France this afternoon but the challenge was just a bridge too far. A penalty for a blatant foul on Shane Long after just one minute was converted by Robbie Brady to give Ireland a magnificent start. The side looked comfortable throughout the remainder of the first half with the hosts offering little by way of a challenge. The second half was entirely different however with France raising their game significantly while the rigours of Wednesday evening began to impact on Ireland. Goals from Antoine Griezmann in a three minute spell around the hour mark set Ireland back and the dismissal of Shane Duffy on sixty six minutes knocked much of the stuffing out of Ireland. Despite the setbacks, heads did not drop and the players tried valiantly to secure the equaliser but it always looked a daunting task and so it proved. Aside from the Belgian encounter there has been much to feel proud of in the Iriosh doisplays and the emergence on the international stage of several inexperienced newcomers bodes well for the upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign.
Ireland starting eleven for French encounter...26/06/2016
Manager Martin O'Neill has named an unchanged Ireland starting eleven for this afternoon's European Championship contest with France in Lyon. Team: D Randolph; S Coleman (C), R Keogh, S Duffy , S Ward; J McCarthy, J McClean, J Hendrick; R Brady, D Murphy, S Long.
Ireland set fair for EURO 2016 Lyon adventure...26/06/2016
Ireland, still bearing some of the physical scars of Wednesday evening's 'Italian Job' in Lille, will face hosts France in Lyon at 2pm this Sunday afternoon in the knockout Round of Sixteen at EURO 2016. The hosts, with a seven day break since their last contest, are huge favourites to proceed to the quarter-final stage. Our team face a mammoth challenge this afternoon, as indeed will our hugely restricted five thousand followers who are expected to be dwarfed by some fifty four thousand host supporters. The Nation asks no more of team and supporters than 'give it a lash lads'.
EURO 2016 - Round of Sixteen continues...26/06/2016
Day two of the round of sixteen stage at EURO 2016 saw hosts France defeat Ireland in Lyon by two goals to one on Sunday afternoon. Germany defeated Slovakia by three goals ro nil in Lille and the day was rounded off in Toulouse where Belgium crushed Hungary by four goals to nil.
EURO 2016 - Round of Sixteen knockout stage...25/06/2016
The knockout round of sixteen stage at EURO 2016 kicked-off on Saturday afternoon in Saint Etienne when Switzerland and Poland played out a one all draw after extra-time, with the Poles prevailing by five goals to four in the penalty shoot-out.. The Parc de Princes saw Wales secure a one nil victory over Northern Ireland while in Lens this evening, Croatia lost to Portugal, who scored the only goal seconds from the end of extra-time.
Airtricity League resumes following mid-season break...24/06/2016
There was a full programme of Airtricity League fixtures played on Friday evening as the League resumed following the mid-season break. Top of the bill was the Tallaght Stadium clash of Shamrock Rovers and Cork City which ended scoreless while leaders Dundalk secured a two nil success over St Patrick's Athletic in Oriel Park as our four European representatives prepare for their forthcoming contests. Bohemian shared two goals with Galway United to Dalymount Park while Derry City scored the only goal against Wexford Youths in the Brandywell. Longford Town suffered a two nil defeat by Finn Harps at the City Calling Stadium and the Showgrounds witnessed Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers play out a scoreless draw. In the First Division, Athlone Town, Cabinteely and Drogheda United all lost at home at home to Cobh Ramblers, Limerick and UCD respectively while Shelbourne also lost at home to Waterford United.
Ireland resume training at EURO base in Versailles...24/06/2016
Following yesterday's deserved rest day, Ireland resumed training this morning in Versailles as they prepare for their Round of Sixteen clash with hosts France in Lyon on Sunday afternoon. Stephen Ward was the only absentee from the early warm-up with Jonathan Walters taking part.
Magnificent Ireland through to knockout stage...22/06/2016
Ireland produced a magnificent ninety four minute performance in Lille this evening to defeat Italy by one goal to nil and secure a place in the last sixteen knockout stage of the 2016 European Championship. The side showed four changes from the Belgian disappointment, with Shane Duffy and Richard Keogh starting in central defence while James McClean and Daryl Murphy added a further physical presence. Captained by Seamus Coleman, the back four performed solidly and they were assisted by a much improved performance from James McCarthy in his favoured holding midfield role. In midfield Robbie Brady and James McClean brought vibrant energy while Jeff Hendrick was again arguably the man of the match as he filled three separate roles during the course of the match. The tireless workrate of front two Shane Long and Daryl Murphy kept Italy under constant defensive pressure. Substitute Aiden McGeady also contributed in his twenty minute cameo while fellow late substitute Wes Hoolihan looked doomed to be the scapegoat when he fluffed a golden opportunity with eight minutes remaining but he redeemed himself with the incisive cross which Robbie Brady headed to the net with just six minutes remaining. We will now journey to Lyon where hosts France await in the round of sixteen knockout stage at 2pm on Sunday afternoon.
Ireland starting eleven for crucial Italy contest...22/06/2016
Manager Martin O'Neill has named his Ireland starting eleven for this evening's crucial European Championshipcontest with Italy in Lille. Team: D Randolph; S Coleman (C), R Keogh, S Duffy , S Ward; J McCarthy, J McClean, J Hendrick; R Brady, D Murphy, S Long.
Opening Champions League and Europa League draws...20/06/2016
The first and second round qualifying draws in both the Champions League and the Europa League were made in Nyon today. Airtricity League champions Dundalk will face FH Hafnarfjordur of Iceland in the second qualifying round of the Champions League with the fixtures set for 12/13 July and 19/20 July. The first qualifying round in the Europa League will see Cork City meet Linfield with the first leg set for Windsor Park on Thursday the 30 June and the second leg in Turner's Cross on Thursday the 7 July. On the same dates, Shamrock Rovers will face RoPS Rovaniemi (Finland) and St Patricks Athletic will meet AS Jeunesse Esch (Luxembourg), with both Irish sides at home in the first legs.